NMW 2019 to kick off next week

National Manufacturing week (NMW) will be happening next week in 14-17 May in Melbourne, marking the 20th edition of the show. The event is set to have a 90-speaker line-up, and more than 200 leading industrial suppliers of the latest technology and solutions.

This year’s theme is “Industrial Evolution” with the conference program and exhibition floor highlighting the industry’s transition into adopting high-tech solutions and integration of high-level engineering expertise to harness the opportunities of Industry 4.0.

Robby Clark, exhibition director of NMW, said that its focus is to drive further innovation and success for Australia’s manufacturing industry.

“NMW 2019 falls at a truly exciting time of growth, evolution, and resurgence in Australian manufacturing. The rapid emergence of smart manufacturing facilities and operations has created strong demand for highly integrate processes and high-tech operational solutions,” said Clark.

“Manufacturers attending NMW will be able to support the recent success and continue their advanced manufacturing evolution by participating in the conference program or engaging with the industry’s leading industrial suppliers within the exhibition,” said Clark.

At NMW 2019, visitors will benefit from being able to navigate their way through the extensive number industrial suppliers via six designated product zones of Automation and Robotics, Engineering, Industrial Internet of Things, Safety, Welding Technology and Manufacturing, Solutions, which categorise the solutions on display.

Welding technology zone
Australian welders require global best practice training and qualifications to be able to deliver on these projects. With support from Weld Australia, visitors will be able to learn about advanced welding processes through high-quality and interactive experiences at National Manufacturing Week, and source the latest welding technology. They will be able to see live demonstrations from exhibitors: Air Liquide, BOC, Gullco, Kemppi, Lincoln Electric, Lorch South Pacific, Tesuco, Supagas and Weld Australia.

Weld Australia, who actively represents Australia’s welding profession, will have a skills and training focussed presence at National Manufacturing Week in 2019, offering the opportunity to learn and try the latest in welding skills development.

“Weld Australia will have an Advanced Welder Training Hub on the exhibition floor which will showcase the augmented and virtual reality technology that is revolutionising welder training here in Australia, and around the world. Attendees will have the chance to see and try a range of different welding simulators, which are making welder training and upskilling safer, more cost-efficient and engaging for new and experienced welders,” said Donna South, marketing and communications manager at Weld Australia.

Automation and Robotics Zone
This year’s Automation and Robotics Zone includes exhibitors such as Gullco, Hiwin, Linak, Pilz, Robotic Automation, Trotec, Universal Robots and WAGO.

James McKew, Asia-Pacific regional sales director of Universal Robots, said their solutions are ideal for applications across industries where size, safety, and efficiency is critical.

“At NMW, we’ll be showcasing our new e-Series robots and our new e-Series cobot platform that includes technology that enables faster development for a wide variety of applications, with greater precision and sensitivity afforded by a built-in, tool-centric Force/Torque senor. Like other Universal Robots offerings, the new e-Series offers unparalleled convenience,” said McKew.

Engineering Zone
Visitors attending NMW will offer a wide selection of industrial suppliers for manufacturers looking to source the latest in engineering technology to support their smart factory and Industry 4.0 implementation plans. These include exhibitors such as Excision, BVE, Dynacast, Elliot Engineering, FARO, KOBOT Systems, Peak Industrial, Profifeed Technologies and Prytec Solutions.

Industrial Internet of Things Zone
Visitors will have access to the latest Industrial IoT solutions from exhibitors at National Manufacturing Week at the IIoT zone such as: Epicor, 4PS Software, CAD Group, Central Innovation, ECi Software Solutions, Freshworks, Gemu, Kronos and SYSPRO. The IIoT is important to manufacturing because its processes look to make operations smarter, reduce costs and increase safety.

Safety Zone
Exhibitors within the Safety Zone at National Manufacturing will offer visitors the latest technology, products and services to improve their WHS standards, safety process compliance and reduce accidents. Exhibitors include: Atom, Axelent, CSA, Kemppi, SafetyMate, Tunstal, Vanguard Wireless and X-Pak.

Manufacturing solutions zone
At the manufacturing zone, visitors will be able to source solutions to improve productivity and cost effectiveness across all types of operations from exhibitors like 3M, BAC Systems, Combilift, Duromer, Itelli Particle, Millsom Hoists, Rose Plastic and Saint-Gobain Abrasives.